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Salesman uses credit application to stalk and rape customer

Police say a convicted murderer used his job as a car salesman in Sandy to track a female customer to her home and rape her.

Cleon Jones, 34, was arrested Wednesday on multiple first-degree felonies and remains in the Salt Lake County Jail without bail.

Authorities allege Jones tracked down his victim by using her credit application to obtain her personal information including her address, said West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan…

All sales personnel at car dealerships in Utah are required to be licensed by the state, which includes a background check.

Wow. I’m hard pressed to know what to say. Women are often more aware of the privacy of their home addresses because of exactly this? Background checks shouldn’t act as a replacement for good personal judgment about the people you employ?

(The source article, in Deseret news is fairly graphic and unpleasant. Via Canadian Privacy Law Blog.)

3 comments on "Salesman uses credit application to stalk and rape customer"

  • Chris Walsh says:

    The background check process used by the employer, if the article is correct, is worse than useless:
    “However, according to the DMV, only certain crimes are included in the information released in background checks — and murder apparently is not one of them.”
    THAT is ridiculous. I don’t generally advocate things like this, but perhaps the victim should sue the employer for not seeing to it that accurate info was obtained via the sources that employer *CHOSE* to use for background checking.

  • Adam says:

    I agree that’s rediculous; I ‘look forward’ to learning more. Its not clear to me who does the background check–is it the state, or the employer?

  • Jim says:

    This is a reply to Salesman uses credit application to stalk and rape customer. Actually Stockton to Malone Honda only checks for theft and sex offender charges, so the background check never brought back jones’ manslaughter charge and that’s how he was employed. Besides you never know with people, Ted Bundy was nice and everybody liked him. Sometimes the person you least expect is responsible, maybe cleon was so charming that no one would suspect it.

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